Friday 31 October 2014

Former White House Press Secretary wounded in attempted Reagan assassination dies

Published 04/08/2014 | 20:37

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in Washington in this file photo from March 30, 2011. Brady, critically wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on U.S. President Ronald Reagan, has died, a spokeswoman told Reuters August 4, 2014. He was 73.  REUTERS/Larry Downing/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS OBITUARY)
Former White House Press Secretary James Brady gives a thumbs-up to everyone as he visits the White House press briefing room in Washington

The family of James Brady, the White House press secretary who was wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on president Ronald Reagan, says he has died. He was 73.

Brady undertook a personal crusade for gun control after he suffered a devastating head wound outside the Washington Hilton Hotel on March 30, 1981.

A federal law requiring a background check on handgun buyers bears Brady's name.

Although Brady returned to the White House only briefly, he was allowed to keep the title of presidential press secretary and his White House salary until Reagan left office in January 1989.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is named in his honour.

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